Tinnitus is a chronic condition that affects about 15% of the population and up to one in three older adults. For some it is a mild annoyance, for others it can be extremely distressing and can significantly deteriorate quality of life. Perceptual characteristics are a poor indicator of clinical need. Clinicians and researchers alike rely on self-report or questionnaires to quantify the severity of an individual's tinnitus and to gauge the changes in tinnitus severity or tinnitus-related handicap over time or after clinical intervention. This book chapter evaluates the psychometric properties of five tinnitus questionnaires; Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire, Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire, Tinnitus Questionnaire, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, and Tinnitus Functional Index. We critically appraise the development process, validation, and responsiveness. We consider the true utility of each questionnaire to measure the short and long term consequences of tinnitus.
|Title of host publication||Tinnitus: Causes, Treatment and Short & Long Term Health Effects|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers|
|Number of pages||48|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)